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BY TOM KATHOA & JOYCE TOHUI

THE CONFIRMATION that cholera has spread from the mainland and is established in some areas of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville is causing great concern in the province.

Chairman of the Bougainville Cholera Task Force, Patrick Koles, said the disease has been confirmed in the Haku, Hagogohe and Tsitalato areas.

Reports reaching New Dawn FM say a 19 year old girl from Suhin Village is the latest victim.

Health Authorities and the Bougainville Cholera Task Force are appealing to people to wash their hands while preparing food and before taking their meals. There is a special appeal for mothers to look after their children.

Elementary and primary schools in the Hagogohe area were empty as many students stayed home following the cholera outbreak.

The task force says it needs half a million kina to fight the outbreak. Mr Koles told a media conference in Buka that AusAID has given K10,000 and the ABG has deployed K50,000 to help the task force carry out planned programs.

He said that the task force has already started awareness in schools in the affected areas.

Source: New Dawn FM

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